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BOOK REVIEW: TATTOOISME

As much as we love the internet, there’s still something so much more personal about holding a magazine, and that value appreciates tenfold when it comes to coffee table books. Who knows? Maybe it’s the smell, the feel of paper stock, or simply the weight that emits that magical feeling, but the more I wonder, the more I think that it’s downright old age and the fact that I grew up without smart tablets that can’t break this mysterious bond.

 

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So this time around we’re checking out a book that was launched last year. The book in hand is called TattooIsMe, and is written by Chris Coppola. With 192 pages, it’s a good read that was put together by Schiffer Publishing and it’s packed with a lot of great content featuring 32 internationally acclaimed tattoo artists.

Inside, you’ll find multiple art mediums, utilizing an array of art movements, techniques and styles. With more than 350 images, I’d have to say that it’s  put together very well and the minimalist cover and design gets browny points for sure.

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Representing nine tattoo friendly countries, including France, Japan, Italy, and the U.S., the featured artists draw from varied art movements and styles in their approach: Baroque, Cubism, Art Nouveau, Realism, Surrealism, Pop Art, Expressionism, and more. Inspiration from seemingly unexpected sources, like hip hop, punk rock, horror films, and biomechanics inform their work: as such, they filter everything through the artful lens that is themselves. They are tattoo; tattoo is them.

Review by Carlton C  |   Photography by Garret Carter